SRU’s Old Stone House offers ‘Spooky Stories’ Oct. 22-23


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Oct. 13, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will offer its "Spooky Stories" Halloween program, with plenty of thrills, chills and storytelling, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 22-23.

A cool costume could earn children 10 or under more than a candy bar and oohs and aahs. Prizes will be awarded for the 1st and 2nd scariest or funniest costumes during the Oct. 23 costume contest.

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The fright night program will feature interactive storytelling, historical reenactments, face painting, a photo booth and an apple press demonstration.

Joanna Demarest, producer of the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival in Pittsburgh; Alan Irvine, a seasoned Pittsburgh storyteller, and Marsha Wong, collector of specialty stories from around the world, will be the featured storytellers.

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"We wanted to really create a high-quality program for the community," said Aaron Cowan, associate professor of history and curator of the Old Stone House. "In past years storytelling has been a part of the program, but this year that is the primary focus. We've sought out three award-winning professional storytellers."

"Stories have power," Demarest said. "They imprint a picture on our minds, helping us to understand the world around us--and they make us laugh."

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Steeped in the oral traditions of folklore, historical periods and spooky stories, Irvine's repertoire will offer stories for all ages and with multiple levels of "spookiness." His stories always include a good dose of humor and are sure to tickle your funny bone.

Wong's use of various dialects and her animated presentations will enrich and entertain. Spooky Stories is pleased to showcase these talented individuals who will weave you into the tales they share.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, but no more than $15 for a family.

The Old Stone House is located in northern Butler County at the intersections of routes 8,528, and 173, 12 miles north of Butler. The historic site is owned and managed by Slippery Rock University.

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